Muslim Family Finds Peace of Mind in Des Moines

April 18, 2005

Source: The Des Moines Register

On April 18, 2005 The Des Moines Register reported, "a few weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Imam Ibrahim Dremali arrived at his Florida home late in the evening. As he stepped out of his car, someone jammed a double-barrel shotgun into his chest. A second man was waving a pistol so he would be sure to see it. Dremali, who was scheduled to talk about Islam at a local church that week, was told: 'If we see you at the church, we'll kill you.' After the men left, the police were called. 'I showed them the bruises on my chest,' Dremali said. 'I canceled the lecture.' Dremali, the dynamic leader of a growing mosque in Boca Raton, was given police protection, but he and his wife, Safaa Eissa, would not let their four children play outside afterward. The incident was one of several that prompted Dremali to leave Florida and come to Des Moines, where he is the new imam at the Des Moines Islamic Center, the city's largest mosque."